Save orangutans from palm oil with your smartphone

This video says about itself

Aerial View of Oil Palm Plantations and Deforestation in Borneo

This aerial footage of oil palm plantations and deforestation was taken in February 2010 in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo).

Featured at the end is a beautiful orangutan baby named Luna. This innocent baby “disappeared” under questionable circumstances in April 2011. Learn more about baby Luna and her tragic story here.

A new free palm oil scanner app for smartphones reads bar codes of products and shows a sad orangutan face if palm oil is detected.

The El Paso Zoological Society in the USA writes about it:

The El Paso Zoo presents the Palm Oil Guide and Scanner. Find out what products contain palm oil and how to find alternative products without palm oil. From hand lotion to cosmetics and cookies – and even some “healthy” and organic items – palm oil is used in a variety of products we purchase every day, but the true cost of palm oil is the destruction of tropical forests.

Oil palm plantations are expanding around the world as they clear rainforests to make way for larger and new palm production operations. Join the international boycott against products that contain palm oil and purchase similar products that do not contain palm oil. The choices you make every day will help decrease the demand for products that contain palm oil and help increase demand for products from responsible companies. Encourage companies that use palm oil to use alternative oils or palm oil that comes 100% from sustainable plantations that have agreed not to destroy wildlife habitats. Make the right choice today and help protect millions of wildlife and plant species like elephants, tigers, orangutans and countless other rainforest animals.

This scanner is designed to help you make better choices at the store when you purchase food and cosmetic products that might contain palm oil. The choices you make are critical to the survival millions of plants and animals, global efforts to protect biodiversity, the health of the ecosystem and the quality of life for people everywhere.

You can download this app here.

September 2013. An army of rescuers in Indonesia has successfully caught a magnificent male orangutan stranded on the outskirts of a village and moved him to safety in a protected forest far from human habitation.

5 Ways You Can Help Save the Orangutans: here.

Palm oil company Bumitama under fire for clearing rainforest, endangering orangutans: here.

Study launched to find out how male and female orangutans meet to mate: here.

January 2014: One of the world’s largest beauty and cosmetic company L’Oreal has agreed to remove palm oil gained from forest destruction from its products by 2020. “In a win for consumers around the world, L’Oreal has committed to ending its role in forest destruction. Thousands of people in Indonesia and around the world who have signed up demanding forest-friendly products will be turning their eyes to companies such as P&G, the producer of Heads & Shoulders, and Colgate Palmolive to guarantee that they too are not peddling dirty palm oil from forest destruction,” said Bustar Maitar, head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International. With this commitment L’Oreal now joins Nestle, Unilever, Ferrero, and palm oil giant Wilmar International and pressure remains on other companies to follow suit. However Greenpeace say that, although it sends out a strong message, this is still too long as it allows their suppliers six more years to clear forests: here.

Palm Oil Is In Everything — And It’s Destroying Southeast Asia’s Forests. “The equivalent of 300 football fields of rainforest is destroyed every hour to make way for palm oil plantations, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.” By Dominique Mosbergen.

HOW TO STOP DESTROYING THE RAINFORESTS WITH YOUR COOKIE PURCHASES “A new video released by environmental activists explores the issue of palm oil, which is found in half of all the products we buy — from cookies to shampoos — and is linked to the destruction of one of the world’s most important tropical rainforests.” [HuffPost]

Recent surveys of the population of endangered Bornean orangutans in Sabah, the Malaysian state in the north-east of Borneo, show mixed results. Populations have remained stable within well-managed forests, where there is little hunting, but declined in landscapes comprising extensive oil palm plantations, according to a new study in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Donna Simon of the World Wide Fund for Nature — Malaysia, and colleagues. The study is the largest and most complete population survey of orangutans on Borneo, home to this endangered and endemic species: here.

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  6. Dear friends,

    The world’s orangutans are hanging on by a thread, with scientists warning we don’t have much time left before they’re extinct. Now there’s a brilliant plan that could save them, if we all chip in what we can.

    There’s a crucial corridor connecting two essential orangutan habitats in the wetlands of Borneo that is on the brink of destruction. Saving this land could be the difference between life and death for countless orangutans, who need continuous swaths of forest and trees to survive. Conservation NGOs and local groups have fearlessly announced they will buy the land and protect it for good, but to do it they need enough money to beat out profit-hungry companies looking to move in and destroy it.

    This is exactly the kind of moment the Avaaz community was made for — our unique, people-powered funding model could allow us to finance the crucial sanctuary quickly, and create a fund to defend other key pieces of land around the world.

    Click to pledge what you can, we’ll process your donation only if we raise enough to buy the land:
    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €2 — enough to protect up to 109m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €3 — enough to protect up to 163m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €6 — enough to protect up to 325m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €9 — enough to protect up to 488m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €18 — enough to protect up to 975m² of land

    To pledge an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

    Orangutans are some of our most intelligent, thoughtful relatives — their name means “person of the forest” in Malay. They spend 90% of their time roaming and climbing trees (the males can stretch their arms up to 7 feet!) — even sleeping high up in nests of leafy branches, and they use big leaves as umbrellas when it rains. So, as demand for palm oil skyrockets and companies rush to clear more and more land, their homes are literally falling like dominoes.

    Allowing the world’s orangutans to die out would mean not only losing one of the planet’s most majestic creatures forever, but would also change the entire ecosystem of the rainforests they inhabit. As they roam the forest eating fruit, orangutans scatter the seeds far and wide, helping the entire forest stay healthy and robust.

    In Borneo, where 80% of the orangutans’ habitat has already been destroyed, even a small area of land can make a massive difference as it can link together protected forests that have survived. That’s why this plan to save the orangutans is so powerful — by connecting a forest reserve with a wildlife sanctuary, we can get the most from every cent raised.

    Click to pledge — if we raise enough money we can give the local groups the money they need to buy the land — and create a rapid-response fund we can use at a moment’s notice to defend wildlife populations from critical threats:
    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €2 — enough to protect up to 109m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €3 — enough to protect up to 163m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €6 — enough to protect up to 325m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €9 — enough to protect up to 488m² of land

    YES, I’LL PLEDGE €18 — enough to protect up to 975m² of land

    To pledge an amount other than the ones listed above, click here.

    Time and time again the Avaaz community has come together to protect forests and critically endangered species, from the Amazon in Ecuador and Brazil, to elephants, rhinos and lions threatened by poaching. Last year, nearly 1.5 million of us came together to call on the Indonesian government to protect its precious orangutan population. Now, we have a chance to make a massive difference in Malaysia, before even one more precious orangutan dies.

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken, Mia, Emma, Allison, Christoph, Diego, Mais, Wen-Hua, Oli and the whole Avaaz team


    Why is the Orangutan in Danger? (Orangutan Foundation International)

    Bornean orangutan (WWF)

    Endangered Animals Fight for Their Lives in Borneo’s Forests (New Indian Express)


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